The Victorian Government's Transport Plan is good news for the state's freight industry, which is anticipated to grow by up to 100 per cent by 2030, according to Dr Pieter Nagel, Director of Victoria University's Institute for Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Dr Nagel said planned infrastructure investments would accommodate the rapid expansion of activity at the Port of Melbourne and Victoria's logistics hub in Melbourne's west.
"Overall, the strategy is sound from the point of view of freight transport and logistics," Dr Nagel said.
"Without these big-picture projects, we were doomed to a future of traffic congestion and the potential loss of business."
Dr Nagel highlighted three key areas in which the Government's plan was on track to meet future needs:
- The first stage of the east-west road tunnel, linking Geelong Road to the Port of Melbourne.
- New freight terminals in addition to the existing terminal at the Port of Melbourne, in the south-west, the north and the south-east for domestic freight and a new international terminal to the north of Footscray Road.
- The introduction of high productivity freight vehicles (HPFV), which will reduce the number of trucks by up to a third, and HPFV corridors.
"Together, these initiatives will ensure we increase efficiency, reduce heavy vehicle traffic in metropolitan areas and accommodate the massive expansion in freight activity over the next 20 years," Dr Nagel said.
"Melbourne's west also stands to gain thousands of jobs from these developments."
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